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How to Choose the Right Pickup Truck for Towing

Buying a pickup truck used to be easy. There were limited options and which one you bought basically came down to how much weight you needed to haul. Today, there are so loads of options in each tow capacity. Standard cab to crew cab, V6, V8 or diesel engines, 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive options, and a variety of bed lengths can make it confusing to find the right pickup truck for you. At Sunset Truck in Puyallup, we’re here to help you sort through all the options and find the right pickup truck for you.

Handy Figures

Before you start slogging through all the pickup choices, determine three key factors. They’ll significantly narrow your options and making choosing a truck much easier. First, what are you planning to tow? A trailer? An RV? Something else? Second, how often are you planning to tow it? Third, you need to know the total weight and tongue weight of whatever you’re planning to tow.

Light Duty vs. Heavy Duty

Depending on the information you collect, you’ll be able to determine if a light duty or heavy duty truck is better for you. While some light duty pickups can tow in excess of 10,000 pounds, if you’re planning to tow something that heavy with any regularity, a heavy-duty truck may make more sense.

Engine Type

Diesel engines are more efficient for towing, particularly at higher speeds. However, they also add thousands to the purchase price. Unless you’re planning to tow heavy items as part of your daily job, it may not be worth the price increase. It’s a personal decision based on your budget and intended use.

4X4 or 2X4?

Four-wheel drive pickups tend to be heavier and thus have slightly lower towing capabilities. For the same reason, they also tend to be less fuel efficient. However, if you’re towing a boat or frequently driving your pickup over loose or wet ground or other off-road conditions, a 4X4 is necessary to get safe traction.

With all of these factors under consideration, the friendly sales people at Sunset Truck are happy to help you find the perfect pickup truck for your Seattle adventures. Come see us today for a test drive.

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